An ex-employee at a Fort Mill McDonalds caught red-handed with sacks of money after robbing the restaurant at gunpoint and locking employees and a customer in a back office was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday.
Joshua Bennett, 21, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, armed robbery and drug charges, said Ryan Newkirk, 16th Circuit assistant solicitor. Bennett was a former employee at the store, Newkirk said.
Police received a tip about the robbery in progress at the restaurant on S.C. 160 near Gold Hill Road around 11 p.m. in January, then when York County deputies and Tega Cay officers arrived they found Bennett walking out of the store with bags of money and a gun. Bennett had ordered the employees to open the safe. He was arrested immediately and was found to have narcotics on him, and has been in jail ever since.
Police found the employees and customer inside unharmed.
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Bennett accepted responsibility and expressed his remorse for the crime, said his lawyer, B.J. Barrowclough, 16th Circuit deputy public defender. Yet the investigation by defense showed that Bennett had been put up to the robbery by others who manipulated him by pushing him to rob his former workplace and giving him both the gun and drugs, Barrowclough said.
Before the crime Bennett had a solid work record years before at the McDonalds and several other places, Barrowclough said.